Preliminary research in the United Kingdom has found evidence that teen mental health is affected by constant social media participation.
Nearly 470 teens were surveyed to determine how social media participation on a round the clock basis might affect their mental and emotional health. The results suggest that they lose sleep, and may be at an increased risk for anxiety and depression.
“Adolescence can be a period of increased vulnerability for the onset of depression and anxiety, and poor sleep quality may contribute to this,” said study co-author Heather Cleland Woods, a psychology administration teacher at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. “It is important that we understand how social media use relates to these.”
Approximately 90 percent of teens on a global scale use social media. The evidence for a link between social media use and well being is increasing.